In July, President Donald Trump warned special council Robert Mueller not to cross that red line in the investigation into possible Russian collusion with Trump’s presidential campaign.
The so-called “red line” is the point at which Mueller would begin delving into Trump’s finances.
Mueller has subpoenaed Trump Organization documents, indicating the ongoing probe that has already taken down several key Trump campaign officials and 13 Russian operatives is inching ever closer to the president.
Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers conducting their own investigation argued Trump’s company “actively negotiated” a business deal in Moscow with a sanctioned Russian bank during the presidential campaign.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to address the subpoena directly during a media briefing.
She told reporters:
“As we’ve maintained all along and as the president has said numerous times, there was no collusion between the campaign and Russia. We’re going to continue to fully cooperate out of respect for the special counsel. We’re not going to comment: for any specific questions about the Trump Organization, I’d refer you there.”
Ten days ago, former Trump aide Sam Nunberg said he would defy a grand jury subpoena from Mueller, but admitted the president “may have done something” illegal. He later told the Associated Press, he was “going to end up cooperating with them.”
Due to the breadth of information Mueller’s team will likely find about the Trump Organization’s legal dealings, former assistant special Watergate prosecutor, Nick Akerman, told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes:
“You probably could almost indict them before you look at the books, basically.”
In August, Mueller zeroed in on the Trump SoHo building in New York for possible racketeering.
The day Trump might be summoned to answer for his transgressions is fast approaching.
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